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. faa furloughs, they just kicked in. some delays now appearing late yesterday in and is around new york. this st for the first time with travelers waiting more than an hour. delays were seen at other airports in the u.s. the faa furloughs affect 47,000 employees, including nearly 13,000 air traffic controllers. experts say the first real test is today when traffic increases and you remember, you saw all these stories, even last week saying the sequester doesn't matter. >> because a lot of the stuff hasn't kicked in. now, if things don't matter this week, then you can say they really don't matter. >> so this is the test one way or the other. we're going to talk to mike boyd about all this and more. >> in economic news, a business economist says washington's budget tightening is having a minimal effect on business. 93% of those surveyed say political developments had no effect if the first quarter and 95% say they had no impact on capital spending plans. among the biggest concerns, global economic conditions and the potential for further government spending cuts and the regulatory environ
because the faa is being forced to furlough thousands of air traffic controllers. abc's matt gutman has more from miami. good morning, matt. >> reporter: good morning, josh. the delays are already piling up. new york area airports reporting delays of over an hour. l.a.x. over three hours overnight. this is just the start. the faa now warning that as many as 6,700 flights could be delayed every day.the sequestrac across-the-board budgets cuts across-the-board budgets cuts are forcing furloughs. fewer planes in the air translates into delays. about 5,000 planes in the air at a given time and fewer eyes in the tower, the faa is slowing air traffic for safety. planes could both be prevented from landing and taking off. those inevitable delays could cost travelers more than just their time. >> airlines may have to cut flights. that will drive up ticket prices. demand will be high. >> reporter: the only antidote? said senator chuck schumer. >> we need democrats and republicans to meet in the middle and end the sequestration that causes the problems. >> reporter: analysts said there's not much
the president and congress. >> the faa blames the combination of staffing shortages and the weather for massive delays at major hubs. the agency claim it had no choice but to put 15,000 work order unpaid furloughs through october which means 10% fewer working each day. we know passengers are frustrated, of course, but so are those air traffic controllers who worry they're being used as political pawns of. >> the air traffic controllers have never been furloughed. they should not be furloughed now. >> the white house says the furloughs were unavoidable under the cuts originally supported by republicans and republicans simply say this. blame obama for delaying your flight. let's get a first class perspective on all of this from the "huffington post," howard fineman. did you see what i did there? >> i wish i could fly first. we don't. >> so howard, you know there is a difference between the reality of the situation and the perception of the reality of the situation. do you think that most people who are inconvenienced by this, waiting in longer security lines, do you think they're standing there w
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